1409 News from Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art


September 2014
Here we are heading into the end of summer for most of the country, yet the beauty of living here in southern California is we have most often an Indian summer.  The days stay warm and the nights get a little cooler, but still plenty of time to work outside, paddle board at my favorite spots and enjoy outdoor living.   The workshops here at SBSMA are busy as ever and we are all enjoying the wonderful ocean breezes blowing through here.
On that note we have many great workshops coming up this month.  The Pique Assiette “broken plates” workshop is filling up, Sept. 13/14.  It is a great opportunity to work with personal objects that can be interspersed with broken china, crockery and other great finds.  This style is created around a small mirror to allow for the final product to be a functional piece of hanging art.  Beginners welcome!
We also have Intro to Glass Fusing.  Learning to glass fuse small pieces on day one then incorporating those pieces into a mosaic on day two.  It is a very informative and gratifying workshop, Sept. 18/19.  Beginners welcome!
We will end the month with the ever popular Garden Sphere/Boulder workshop.  This is a great two day hands on workshop to learn how to create a mosaic on a 3D object, Sept. 27/28.  Beginners welcome!
This is the last week to sign up for the Todos Santos, Mexico Mosaic Art Retreat, Oct. 12th-18th.  I am so excited to head back to this beautiful and mystical place.  We will be creating art while gazing out over the ocean,  practicing yoga (optional) on the outdoor yoga deck, eating fresh amazing food created by our chef Iker and listening to the waves crash as we fall asleep in comfortable and clean accommodations.  CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS….LAST 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE!!

Last but not least both October and November bring three incredibly talented and wonderful visiting artists back to SBSMA.

First, we have Kelley Knickerbocker teaching her newly designed workshop “Strata Various” Oct. 24-26.  She will be diving into a whole new world of techniques and sharing how to create work with intention on space and tesserae.  
Second, we will have Carol Shelkin and her “Portraiture” workshop Nov. 13th&14th.  Carol returns to SBSMA to share her talents on how to create a stained glass mosaic portrait using her specific style and amazing techniques. 
Third, we have Betsy Gallery and her “3 Day Intensive, Classic Mosaic Techniques, Materials and Tools” Nov. 21st-23rd.  Students will get hands on experience working with the traditional materials and tools used in the classic mosaics from centuries ago up to present day.
Have a great SEPTEMBER and hope to see you soon at SBSMA! 



  • Mexican Smalti with Betsy Gallery, create a flower design using color gradation and shading while learning proper cutting and lay out techniques. 
  • Indirect method on a stepping stone with Betsy Gallery, learn to work in the indirect method using marble and stone while creating on a stepping stone.  
  • Color Gradation with Erin Pankratz-Smith, playing with different colors paths, students will learn how to make successful, subtle, color transitions that will add new depth to their work.
  • Portraiture with stained glass mosaic with Carol Shelkin, this workshop encourages students to use stained glass in a painterly fashion.
  • Strata Various with Kelley Knickerbocker learn to see unique potential in any material and then maximize that potential by shape, angle, spacing, contrast and proximity to others.
  • Secrets of Mosaicking with Beads with Sharra Frank, students explore the benefits of incorporating beads into mosaics.  January 10th& 11th.
  • 3 Day classical mosaic techniques & materials with Betsy Gallery, students will work with the classic materials, techniques and tools to create a small classic masterpiece. 

All these workshops and more can be found at  www.santabarbaraschoolofmosaicsart.com



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~Lorentz Hart  



Schedule for upcoming workshops 

Workshop                                  Instructor               Date                               Fee

Pique Assiette mosaic                              Tami Macala                     Sept. 13/14       $225.
Intro to glass fusing mosaics                 Tami Macala                     Sept. 18/19      $195.
Table Top mosaic                                        Tami Macala                     Sept. 27/28     $210.+base
Todos Santos mosaic retreat                Tami Macala                     Oct. 12-18           $1699.
Strata Various                                            Kelley Knickerbocker   Oct.  24-26         $350+mat
Garden sphere/Boulder                         Tami Macala                     Nov. 1/2              $275.
Portraiture w/Stained Glass                Carol Shelkin                    Nov. 13/14         $425.+mat 
Classic techniques, materials & tools Betsy Gallery                  Nov. 21-23         $375+mat 


Each color is named after one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura!
$100/set of 9 or $11.50/color + SH.

There are 2 spots left for the October 12th-18th, 2014 TODOS SANTOS MOSAIC RETREAT!!

Photos from our 

MARCH 2014 

All the wonderful women and their completed 3D Flat Mosaic Suns


  The view from the rooms and the covered deck the mosaic workshop takes place on.

A couple in progress shots of the 3D Flat Sun Mosaics with beads, baubles and gems.
A couple completed and beautifully creative suns!
   The incredibly fresh and delicious food cooked with love by our chef Iker Algorr
The last day of our mosaic workshop!  Don’t we look happy!!!!

7 friends came together for a fun 3 hour get together just to hang out and create mosaic art.  In that short but busy time they chose their colors and design and began nipping.  They used stained glass on 7″x7″ boards to create their fun and unique pieces.  They all went home with their own piece of mosaic art.  


If you would like to get a group of your friends together for a birthday party, bachelorette party or just for a fun and creative time, email Tami for details.  















Tami teaches her workshops in a relaxed yet very informative environment.  I am already planning to attend at least two more workshops this year!  I have found my new happy place.  DW, Santa Barbara.


I flew across the country to take a workshop at SBSMA, and got so much more.  Tami has created a wonderful, relaxed and structured environment to teach and host wonderful visiting artists.  I would not hesitate to fly back again for another workshop.  So happy to have found SBSMA!  MH, New York, NY.


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LAB is a great way to work on all your mosaic projects. For $20/hour or a monthly $50.00 recurring payment you have access to the SBSMA studio, all adhesives, grout, tools and my guidance as well as not worrying about making or cleaning up your mess.
Email for more details or to reserve a time.

Private Lessons

If you would like to learn mosaic art but do not have the time or weekend availability now for $45/hour you can book a minimum of two hours with Tami privately to have the full undivided attention with access to the studio tools, adhesives and grout. 

SBSMA Birthday Parties

Have your next birthday party at SBSMA.   Rates based on time and materials.  Call or email for more info. 

Gift Certificates 

Gift certificates are now available.  Any size amount towards classes, kits, tiles or other supplies.  What a great holiday or birthday gift.



SBSMA Supply Store

 SBSMA has all your mosaic art supply needs. More new colors added to the tile collection as well as stained glass, Italian Smalti and Vitreous glass. Liquid tints.  There are new tools stocked up as well as nippers, files, adhesives and grouts.  Just added are Leponitt brand mosaic wheel nippers for $32.00. 



Tami Macala
artist & owner
Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art
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